Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) is the apex national body for mountaineering and allied sports. What was initially formed as the 'Sponsoring Committee of the Cho Oyu Expedition', transformed into the IMF on 5th January, 1961, as we know it today. IMF supports, promotes and regulates national and international climbing and mountaineering in India and is affiliated to the UIAA (International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation). IMF is also the regulatory body for the competitive Olympic sport of Sport Climbing and is affiliated to the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing). IMF is also engaged in mountain protection work, knowledge building and creating awareness of the Indian Himalaya.
Library-cum-reading-room and Documentation Centre: The IMF library cum reading room set up in the complex is intended to provide facilities for research work and also to serve as an information window to cater to the needs of Indian and foreign expeditions, the press and others interested in the mountain sports. The library also maintains up-to-date maps, photographs and films and acts as an information and documentation center having data base on peaks.
Sport Climbing Wall
Sport Climbing wall is available from Tuesday to Sunday . Timings are: 8.00 a.m to 12.00 p.m and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. at Rs 200 /-per session. For groups(minimum 30), activities are available viz. Sport Climbing, Burma Bridge, Tyre Swing, Tyroleon Travers(Rope Crossing), Commando Net, Rope Ladder, Crawling through tunnel, natural rocks etc. Prior intimation is required.
IMF has a 150 capacity air-conditioned auditorium called Sarin Hall where film/slide shows, lectures and seminars are held. This can be made available to third parties for related purposes.
A two-tier hall houses the Tenzing Norgay Museum in which exhibits, pictures, panoramas and dioramas etc. depict various facets of the Himalayas, history of exploration, survey of the mountain peaks and development of mountaineering. The focus has been on mountaineering in the Indian Himalaya, with a section on Documentation and Information. It includes prominent sections on maps of the Himalayan states of India with a unique "professional class centre" of maps, panoramas and climbing and trekking routes.